|Asleep's Decade Retrospective Extravaganza|
I was planning on putting in some real nerd hours and writing up a fully ranked 'best of the decade' type thing, before realising that I couldn't be fucked. List is instead an unranked assortment of records from the last decade, accompanied by me rambling about music. Will update as and when.
|1||The Tallest Man on Earth|
The Wild Hunt
Folk (2010) - This and 'Shallow Grave' easily make Kristian one of the best folk artists of all time in my book. Whilst I've not been as keen on his recent output, this certainly wasn't a bad way to start the decade.
Abandon All Life
Hardcore (2013) - I adore all 3 of Nail's full length efforts, but to me this has been their best so far - abrasive and catchy, not leaning too far in either direction
Noise Rock (2016) - This record is huge. Check it.
An Awesome Wave
Indie Rock (2012) - Artsy tosh, but the good kind
Screamo (2016) - Probably my favourite straight-up screamo record released this side of 2010, bashed out by a passionate Spanish trio who deserve all the attention they've been getting (and then some).
|6||The Front Bottoms|
The Front Bottoms
Indie Folk (2011) - Hard to believe that it was only 2011 that these lads came in, took over the indie folk scene, spawned half-a-dozen copycats and pissed-off the rest of the music scene. Regardless, this still slaps.
Death Grips (2016) - Crazy the impact these guys have had over such a short period of time. BP is probably my fave of their varied discog. - unashamedly straightforward and a blast from start to finish.
Hardcore/Mathcore (2015) - A hypnotic wall of noise. Probably gave me tinnitus. Unloved is also a jam.
Math Rock (2014) - One of the records that got me into reviewing in the first place (not that I've done that in a lil bit). Carefree and easy listening math rock - the kind you'd introduce to your parents.
|10||The Dear Hunter|
The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)
Indie Rock (2011) - Easily the most ambitious and ridiculous project on this list, the Complete Colour Spectrum triumphs about as frequently as it falls flat. It's a gorgeous musical achievement certainly worth remembering, even if it is a bloated mess.
The Hunting Party
Alternative Rock (2014) - It fucking sucked when Chester died. The lads put out some bangers this past decade, topping off their already solid discog and only really losing the plot with 'One More Light'. The Hunting Party would be my top pick of that bunch, bringing back a heavier sound without regressing into the 90s.
Post-Punk (2017) - 'Heel / Heal' through to 'Mother' is easily one of the best 3-song stretches of the decade and 'Brutalism' is easily one of its best records. Shits on 'Joy...' imho.
|13||Iron And Wine|
Folk (2018) - Soundtracks to resting weary feet by the fire. In other news, 'Time After Time' fucking soars and 'Our Endless Numbered Days' turned 15.
AOR/Doom/idk (2015) - Ghost smashed it this decade; Meloria is their pinnacle (not their pit).
American Football (LP3)
Emo (2019) - LP2's seemingly lazy attempt to recreate what made LP1 such a classic fell flat, but LP3's more ambient and (dare I say) mature direction is one I've certainly enjoyed dabbling in.
|16||Kids See Ghosts|
Kids See Ghosts
Hip-Hop (2018) - As much Kanye tires me, the 'Wyoming' series was undoubtedly one of the most exciting musical 'events' in recent memory. 'Kids See Ghosts' and 'DAYTONA' are two absolute gems and worth a return trip.
I Need to Start a Garden
Indie Folk (2018) - Easily the most musically interesting and innovative of the wave of female indie-folkers that exploded in the last 5 years or so, seemingly post-Julien. Sepia-tinged, airy tunes.
All We Got Is Each Other
Folk (2012) - A triumphant statement on death, still as potent today as when it dropped.
The Hands That Thieve
Third-Wave Ska (2013) - If this is the last things these guy do under the Streetlight moniker, I guess it ain't a bad way to go out. Ska mixed with everything and the kitchen sink plus yo mama. It slaps.
The Dusk in Us
Hardcore (2017) - The boys have put out a fair bit of music over the last 10 years, though mostly not by way of new Converge LPs. AWLWLB and this both are both worthy additions to a legendary mountain of riffs. Here's to 10 more years; hopefully we'll get at least 1 new record out of it.
|21||The Story So Far|
Under Soil and Dirt
Pop Punk (2011) - When I first started collecting records, this was the first one on my list. Whilst I've fallen out of favour with a few of my earliest purchases, I still find myself returning to this one. And 'Clairvoyant' was a fucking banger.
Tape Deck Heart
Folk (2013) - This is still easily one of my favourite efforts of the decade, even if Frank has fallen off a bit as of late. A whole host of anthems, mixed in with some slow-burners well worth your while if you have the patience.
Thanks. Sorry. Sure.
Indie Folk (2017) - Speaking of 'The Front Bottoms' clones, enter the best in the business: McCafferty. 17 solid minutes of bitter relief.
To Pimp a Butterfly
Hip-Hop (2015) - Another artist whose absolutely smashed it for the last 10 years. Poetic bangers.
|25||Psychedelic Porn Crumpets|
High Visceral Pt. 1
Psych-Rock (2016) - Up there with King Gizzard as one of the most exciting rock acts of the last decade. Fantastic live act, too.
Indie Folk (2016) - The artist and album that kicked off the female indie folk frenzy, at least on sput. Still holds up.